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Make Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Flowers

When I was little, my Mom used to take us to the grocery to pick out green-dyed carnations to give to our teachers.  Kind of a weird tradition, but fun.

It is easy to make these flowers yourself, though. Here’s how to do it:


  • Several white carnations
  • Liquid green food coloring
  • Clear vase
  • Green and white tissue paper
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Green ribbon
  • Clear tape


  • Cut the bottom two inches off the ends of the carnations – this will open up the “pores” in the stems to take in more water (this is why you always cut the ends off flower stems)
  • Fill the vase with water, and add a couple of drops of green food coloring
  • Stick the flowers in the vase
  • Wait about two or three days.  The flowers will start to turn green!

To make a festive St. Patrick’s Day Gift for your child’s teacher, remove the flowers from the vase and rinse off the stems.  Wrap a small piece of plastic wrap around the bottom of the stem and secure with clear tape.  Then, wrap the flower in the green and white tissue paper, with the flower showing. You can tie the paper with a green, curled ribbon. Slainte!